Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
I’d seen quite a lot of positive feedback for this book on social media over the past six weeks so when I was given a WH Smith voucher for Easter from my daughter this is the book I chose. There’s been lots of tweets with #therednotebook and #inmyhandbag hashtags to promote the book so I was really looking forward to reading it.
At only 159 pages this is a book that needed to and does get straight into the action; no mincing about, the story starts with the theft of the bag and how Laurent finds it. In the first few pages I find myself really liking Laurent and his sense of doing what’s right.. Although I can appreciate if you hadn’t have warmed to Laurent in the first few pages then I can see how you could come to question his motives and how you might feel that they were circumspect; poking around Laure’s flat etc.
This book is romantic and thoughtful without being slushy and fluffy. Is succinctly written but still full of feeling and emotion and didn’t leave me feeling short changed and I will be sad to leave these well developed characters even though I only knew them for a short time. The book on the whole very much reminded me of the Sandra Bullock movie While You Were Sleeping.
I really enjoyed this and contemplated giving it 4* on Goodreads but then I thought what could the author have done to make it better and there wasn’t anything and also would I read it again? yes, so I gave it 5*.
Connect with the author Antoine Laurain via his website